New Jersey UNCF Local Office Raises Over $175,000 At Newark Mayor's Masked Ball

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Hundreds of business, education and civic leaders gathered at the Newark Club Friday, June 24, for the UNCF Newark Mayor’s Masked Ball. Hosted by Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the annual fundraising event raised over $175,000 to help provide New Jersey students with the necessary resources to get to and through college.

From left, Johnson & Johnson’s Timothy Brown, Beverly Jennings and Edward Rademaker

Hundreds of business, education and civic leaders gathered at the Newark Club Friday, June 24, for the UNCF Newark Mayor’s Masked Ball. Hosted by Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the annual fundraising event raised over $175,000 to help provide New Jersey students with the necessary resources to get to and through college.

The event was sponsored by Fountain Baptist Church, PSEG, Johnson & Johnson, Berger Organization LLC., Community Baptist Church of Englewood, SUEZ, United, Bayer, Becker LLC., Gibbons P.C., Hayward Industries, and PNC Bank. Elnardo and Samantha Webster, Community Baptist Church of Englewood and Johnson & Johnson were presented with Masked Awards for their generosity in providing hope and opportunity to deserving minority youth.

“For several years, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with UNCF on the work of ensuring that deserving and hardworking next generation of young people have access to a college education that prepares them to reach their potential and contribute to our communities and to the world, said Beverly Jennings, Johnson & Johnson head of global supplier diversity and inclusion. “We are pleased to continue the support and thank UNCF for this honor.”

The event was co-chaired by Vaughn L. McKoy, managing director and vice president – legal of PSEG Long Island and Marnie G. McKoy, director of human resources, New Brunswick Public Schools. It featured a VIP reception, elegant dining, dancing and music from vocalists Karen J and Chandler; singer/song-writer Robin Andre, DJ Reg West, and student testimonials of UNCF’s impact.

“There are many African American young people like myself who continue to need UNCF and all of you. I hope that that I can serve as a mere testament that education matters and that when you believe in our hopes and our dreams, we can soar like eagles,” said Morehouse student and UNCF Scholar Ahmaad Dent. “I can assure you that UNCF’s support has literally saved my life. This is truly an unforgettable moment and I’m glad to get a chance to thank UNCF and all who helped me along the way at this event.”

To view images from this event, please visit: UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball New Jersey 2016

About UNCF
UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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